With RB Leipzig seemingly remaining strong in their stance over star midfielder Naby Keita, it has been reported that a bid surpassing the current Bundesliga record from Liverpool, ‘could’ tempt the German outfit into sanctioning a deal with the Merseyside club.
After publicly declaring that Keita is not for sale this summer, following an impressive debut campaign in the Bundesliga, it seems as though money will have to do the talking if Jurgen Klopp is to land Keita this summer.
G oal’s Melissa Reddy, has reported that the Reds will have to blow their transfer record, and the German league’s to possibly get a deal over the line – as the £66m fee ‘could’ tempt the German club into altering their stance.
Although the Guinea international is understood to be open to moving this summer as he looks to fulfill the upward career trajectory he has envisioned, he is seemingly not at a point where he is willing to force a move through.
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Therefore, it is understood that a formal offer for Keita will only be submitted once the club is confident that the player wants the move and that RB Leipzig’s position has softened.
After finishing second in Germany’s top flight last season, Leipzig seemingly have a bright future with an exciting brand of football which is arguably not too dissimilar to Klopp’s – giving the impression that Keita could slip seamlessly into the Reds current squad.
The 22-year-old showcased supreme offensive and defensive ability last season and although possessing qualities not too dissimilar from the likes of N’Golo Kante in terms of interception skills, Keita is more potent threat moving forward.
If Liverpool does manage to convince Leipzig to sell then the midfielder’s link up play with the Red’s fluid attack could be a force to be reckoned with next season.